A colostomy bag and syringes: The worrying finds on a popular Porthcawl beach

A colostomy bag and a £10 note – just two of the items found by a lifeguard club during a beach litter pick.

While the money may have raised a smile, the club said the discovery of the surgical device over the holiday period highlights the ongoing serious problem of medical and sanitary waste being dumped on Coney Beach in Porthcawl.

“It’s awful the things that we are finding down there,” said David Davies, a member of Porthcawl Lifeguard Club, who took part in two beach cleans between Christmas and New Year, netting eight black sacks of rubbish.

“We find syringes in the dunes a lot of the time as well and the club now has a sharps box to store them in,” he said.

Some of the black sacks filled with rubbish during a New Year litter pick
Some of the black sacks filled with rubbish during a New Year litter pick

 

“We get a lot of bottles and chip cartons, the usual stuff you would expect that people drop.

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“But a lot of the rubbish is carried in by the sea. We even had three quarters of a Little Tikes pedal car wash up on the beach and we find a lot of sanitary towels, which are sometimes being carried in by the waves as our members are surfing.

“It’s amazing the things we do find down there. It’s a never ending list.”

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During their routine sweeps club members also regularly pick up cotton buds and wet wipes and large amounts of plastic items, which range from bottle lids and food containers and flip flops to shotgun cartridges and fishing nets.

David said all of the Porthcawl surf lifesaving clubs carry out regular litter picks in a bid to keep on top of the problem.

But he said members are increasingly concerned about how the waste that is being washed in is getting into the sea in the first place.

“The question we need to ask is where is it coming from?”

Fellow club member Claire Godfrey said they also regularly discover small plastic pellets known as nurdles, which are used by the plastics industry to make products, washed up on the beach.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has long voiced its concern about these pellets, stating that toxins can cling to them before they are ingested by seabirds, fish and crustaceans, which mistake them for food.

The club takes part in the annual MCS beach clean, with the results from 2014 due out in the spring.

In 2013 MCS volunteers found more litter than ever on UK beaches, with 2,309 items of litter found on every kilometre.

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